In a nutshell (aka Goodreads description):
Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…
After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.
One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.
When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing—and if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.
My review (aka Diana’s review):
For a couple of days, I’ve been trying to find the perfect words to describe how breathtakingly beautiful this books is but I don’t think that is even possible. Therefore, I decided to stop procrastinating and just do my best to express its amazingness. Here’s to making justice to such good book with a little review by little ol’ me.
Have y’all gotten that craving where you don’t want to read anything but romance? When you feel like skipping those moments where there’s absolutely no romance happening and the only thing happening is the heroine’s/hero’s giving a perfectly boring description of terrible looking their room is or how she/he is having fun at a party with someone-who-is-not-their-loved-one?
Well, lo and behold, you won’t get that feeling while reading this book. You won’t want to skip a single word in 180 Seconds because there are zero boring moments in said book. You’ll get butterflies in your stomach for pretty much the entire book—there’s A WHOLE LOT of romance, trust me—and those moments when the butterflies take a break, other feelings are going to take place and they’re going to be all over the place.
Get ready to feel like you’re wearing your heart on your sleeve.
Now, after all the corny crap I sent your way, we’ve gotten to the part where I mention some of the details that kept me from giving this book a five out of five.
Allison is a very closed off person. She didn’t have any friends aside from her best friend due to being a very shy person. And I found it very unrealistic how after a few days of meeting Esben, Allison didn’t act like a very closed off person with him. Being an introvert myself—like, Allison-at-the-beginning-of-the-book introvert—I couldn’t comprehend how meeting him suddenly made her less shy.
I would have been probably more closed off around him because of the fact that I liked him. I believe it would have been more realistic if they started off their relationship as friends for at least a few months and then move on to being boyfriend and girlfriend.
Here’s why I say Allison opened up way too fast with Esben. At the beginning and almost up until the end of 180 Seconds, we can see that Allison was very closed off with her adoptive father—a very, very nice person—and they had been living together for YEARS and guess what? She only started being less introverted with him until AFTER she meet Esben and AFTER she was already in a relationship with him. It took years for her to open up to her father so why and how in the world did she open up so fast with Esben. Whyyyyy. Allison, tell me your secret!!
Fun Fact: Because Esben is very popular on social media, there are some scenes where we can see tweets he published on Twitter and they include the hashtags he used. I know this won’t bother the majority of the readers but, for some reason, I feel very uncomfortable seeing a hashtag written anywhere that’s not Facebook/Twitter/Instagram. I don’t think they are necessary in the book but some of them made me laugh so I’ll just let them slide.
180 Seconds is one of those books that gets a hold of your heart and steals it forever. I’ve been looking for a feel good romance book for what feels like eternity and, bless my lucky stars, I finally found the one that fulfilled my heart.
I recommend 180 Seconds to every-freaking-one who’s a fan of romance. You’ll fall in love with Allison and Esben. And you’ll become obsessed with every single word written by Jessica Park. I sure as heck am a fan now.
4.5/5 flowers ✿
Huge thanks to Skyscape and Netgalley for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.